The 2013-2014 Stanford GSB essay topics have been announced! This year’s essays are below:
Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why?
- The best examples of Essay 1 reflect the process of self-examination that you have undertaken to write them.
- They give us a vivid and genuine image of who you are—and they also convey how you became the person you are.
- They do not focus merely on what you’ve done or accomplished. Instead, they share with us the values, experiences, and lessons that have shaped your perspectives.
- They are written from the heart and address not only a person, situation, or event, but also how that person, situation, or event has influenced your life. Continue reading…
More corporate recruiters have hired or plan to hire MBAs this year than last, according to the 2013 Corporate Recruiters Survey by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). Globally, 75 percent of employers surveyed plan to hire MBAs, up from 71 percent last year, GMAC reports. Not only that, the average number of MBAs each company expects to hire is also up, from 11.4 per company in 2012 to a projected 14.6 this year.
More employers also report plans to hire graduates of specialized business master’s programs this year than last, GMAC found. The percentage of employers planning to hire graduates with master’s degrees in management, accounting, finance and other specialized business degrees all rose as well, by between one and five percentage points over 2012. Continue reading…
Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontlines, Clear Admit’s weekly perusal of all the goings-on in the b-school blogosphere. This week many second year students were either recounting their graduation stories or reflecting on their overall experiences as their respective commencement days beckoned. Applicants and first year students were also voluble, visiting campuses and preparing for summer internships.
Sassafrass saw his last month of work winding down and expressed optimism for the way his MBA education could help him make a difference in the future. The Poetic Quant visited the Kellogg campus, which included a tour, information session, “brilliant” class visit and lunch. Pru discussed the decision making process she went through when determining whether to attend Emory or Chicago Booth. HammO turned his attentions to drafting goals essays, though he knew that additional fine tuning would be in order once more schools updated their 2013-2014 essay questions. Continue reading…
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The Dean of NYU / Stern, Peter Henry, celebrated commencement with the b-school and university students this week. UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Dean, Jim Dean, took a trip to San Francisco for the inaugural meeting of the school’s West Coast Advisory Council. Amidst his heavy reading, the Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, shared coverage of Darden’s Class of 2013 graduation. The Associate Director of Admissions at Chicago Booth, Danielle Foster, shared her photos from her global jaunts on behalf of the school. Continue reading…
Student-Run Fund at Yale School of Management to Support 33 Nonprofit, Public Sector Summer Internships
Continuing a tradition dating back to the earliest years of the school, students at the Yale School of Management (SOM) have raised more than $88,000 this spring to provide stipends to students who pursue summer internships in the nonprofit and public sectors, which often pay little to no salary. The monies raised by the student-run Class of 2014 Internship Fund will support 33 students this year, the school announced.
This year’s fundraising campaign included several events centered around the theme of “All for SOM and SOM for All.” “We all worked together to support the fund and to create the community that is Yale SOM,” Bukky Olowude ’14, co-chair of the campaign, said in a statement. Continue reading…
Following up on last week’s release of Columbia Business School’s 2013-2014 essay questions, we wanted to provide aspiring CBS students with some guidance on how to approach this aspect of their application. While the school has made some changes to their essays, the questions continue to reflect an interest in learning about applicants’ career goals and personal backgrounds, as well as their reasons for applying to Columbia. Let’s take a closer look at each essay:
Short Answer: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum)
Making an appearance on the CBS application form for the third year in a row, this question asks applicants to speak directly about the job they wish to have upon graduating from business school. The adcom has provided several sample answers to give applicants an idea of the kind of response that is expected. While this question had a 200-character limit last year, this year’s applicants have only 100 characters—about 15 words—in which to answer the question. Given this strict limit, you’ll want to clearly and concisely describe your short-term goal, making sure that it aligns with what you write in Essay 1.
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) plans later this year to expand its Ignite program – an executive program designed to provide scientists, engineers, and graduate students with the business skills they need to launch successful entrepreneurial ventures – to Bangalore and Paris, the Financial Times reports.
Stanford Ignite debuted in California in 2006, where it is offered both full and part time. In France and India, it will be taught as part of a part-time, nine-week program, according to the FT.
Yossi Feinberg, a Stanford economics professor and the Stanford Ignite faculty professor, told the FT that the program is designed for professionals in their fields who lack managerial experience. “It’s remarkable how much innovation there is and how much is lost through the lack of business skills,” he said.
Today’s GMAT tip comes from Manhattan Review UK, a provider of GMAT Prep courses in London. In this article, Manhattan Review reveals 5 strategies for successfully tackling GMAT Critical Reasoning questions. In fact, the tip has so much detail that we had to split it into two parts.
More than any other part of the GMAT, Critical Reasoning needs to be approached strategically. Each of the four Critical Reasoning question types—Assumption, Inference, Explanation/Paradox and Method of Reasoning—has its own corresponding strategy. Four question types—four strategies.
Let us deal first with Assumption questions, because they account for something like 70% of all of the Critical Reasoning questions. Moreover, something like 60% of the Assumption questions consist of so-called Weaken questions; that is, questions that require you to weaken/undermine/challenge the argument’s conclusion. Here are five tips on how to attack Weaken questions: Continue reading…
If you’ve been scanning Apple’s newsstand recently, a new title may have caught your eye. MBA Intelligence is an online magazine for current and prospective MBA students that debuted in December 2012. Currently available on the iPad, the new publication has been attracting most of its readers from the United States, the United Kingdom, China and other parts of Asia, according to publisher Redwood Apps.
The magazine features a mix of content, ranging from pieces geared toward prospective applicants on topics like preparing for the GMAT to articles written by current MBA students showcasing the analysis they have performed around current companies and issues as part of their work in actual business school classes. Continue reading…